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Guimaraes— 2 nights
Birthplace of the Portuguese Nationality
The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Largo da Oliveira Square and Ponte Romana. Do some cultural sightseeing at 3+ arte and Cathedral of Santa Maria de Braga. Venture out of the city with trips to Santuario de Santa Luzia (in Viana do Castelo), Mar Shopping Matosinhos (in Matosinhos), Braga (Zippy Shopping Braga Parque & Santuario do Bom Jesus do Monte) and Parque de Avioso - S. Pedro (in Maia). There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Guimaraes and admire the landmark architecture of Paco dos Duques de Braganca.
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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Madrid, Spain to Guimaraes. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Guimaraes. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Madrid in August; daily highs in Guimaraes reach 29°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Guimaraes
Braga, Ponte Romana, Mar Shopping Matosinhos, Santuario de Santa Luzia, 3+ arte